Serj Tankian & Jimmy Urine – Fuktronic

Serj Tankian & Jimmy Urine – Fuktronic

Year: 2020
Total Time: 39:54
Label: Serjical Strike Records

“Fuktronic” is the spiritual child of Jimmy Urine (MINDLESS SELF INDULGENCE) and Serj Tankian (SYSTEM OF A DOWN), who have made the electronically oriented soundtrack for one of the few British gangster films that was originally announced in 2012.

Partly electronica partly audiobook, the album tells the story of a young and lucky criminal, who is recently released from prison. That’s what it’s all about. There is no real narrative atmosphere other than the first two tracks. After that, we just find a series of moments and interactions between the protagonists.

In “Fuktronic”, we find characters created from scratch: British and Russian gangsters cursing every second word and a femme fatale, an arrogant Frenchwoman (represented by Chantal Claret of “Morningwood”), among others. The quality of the many accents used, albeit comical and exaggerated, demonstrate the “great” talent of the participants. Most of them are incredibly artificial and pretentious with the main protagonist sounding less and less convincing and annoying as the album continues.

While it is not executed properly and seems like a lost chance for a groundbreaking contribution to the genre, it does not mean that Urine and Tankian won’t be able to successfully work together in the future. Unfortunately, after almost a decade in production, “Fuktronic” is a better case in theory than in practice.

Although the tempo is reduced during the album, as if the climax was achieved from the first track “Chase”, “Ladies” and “Kit Kat Klub” may be the only songs that make an attempt to save the day. It’s definitely not an album we’ll hear again and again, but out of curiosity and only for that, one can take a look at it.

Rating: 3.5/10
Editor: Fanouris Exintavelonis
Related Link: Fuktronic – Facebook Page

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